The Aviva Stadium in Dublin saw a 21% year-on-year drop in profits in 2015 despite hosting rock band AC/DC and a series of major sporting events.
The arena staged 16 events and welcomed 600,000 spectators over the course of the year. However, that was four fewer events than 2014, with overall attendance down 8%.
Accounts filed by the stadium’s operating company New Stadium Designated Activity Company show it generated operating profits of nearly €3.6m (£3.1m/$4.0m) for the year, which was well down on the €4.5m generated in 2014.
The former Lansdowne Road played host to Ireland’s Uefa European Championship qualifiers, including a prestigious game against Germany, as well as six rugby internationals and a European Rugby Champions Cup game. However, the Rugby World Cup taking place during the year meant no lucrative autumn internationals.
On the company’s future developments, the directors state, in the accounts “the stadium has demonstrated great flexibility in coping with a busy schedule in 2015. The stadium company is committed to attracting and delivering high-quality sporting and non-sporting events…as well as maintaining a world-class facility.”